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Standing for Peace and Reconciliation Statement on Burundi, May 2015

“We utterly deny all outward wars and strife and fightings with outward weapons, for any end, or under any pretence whatsoever; and this is our testimony to the whole world.” -George Fox, 1660 As organizations that are part of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) we are deeply concerned by the situation in Burundi. We grieve the loss of life…

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Stoking 2015: What Can I Expect, If I Come?

Worship in the Taizé tradition with Mark Kharas and Monica Hix Taizé, an ecumenical monastic community in France founded during World War II, strives to be a visible parable of reconciliation – between different Christian communities, or peoples torn apart by violence – and to stand in solidarity with marginalized communities around the world. Their manner of prayer is intentionally simple…

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Short Reflections on Stoking the Fire

by Annie Glen As we know, sensing the Spirit of Christ is not always an easy endeavor. There is much – good and bad – that seems to limit the fullness of Jesus Christ. And, it takes time and effort to place ourselves in a place where we can listen, see and receive from him. It is hard work –…

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Belize has gotten under my skin.

It has been a while since I have written. We have been busy with the school, but more than that, the discernment and planning team has also been busy.  Several members of the team visited Belize and we presented an update on the Belize ministry to the FUM boards.  The update was not in the form of a final proposal…

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Janine Saxton and Judith Ngoya

What’s wrong with “short term missions”?

by Eden Grace You’ve probably seen the blogs, articles and Facebook posts. If you’re like me, you’ve succumbed to the click-bait. They have titles like “10 Things Not to Do on a Short-Term Mission Trip”, “24 Things World Christians Wish North American Short-Term Missionaries Would Quit Doing” and “7 Worst International Aid Ideas”. It seems that there’s a problem, and…

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Dale Graves

Belizean Ministry Expands to Adults

Beginning in September 2015, the unique and highly-successful Belize Friends School experience will be available to adult learners, as well as to teens. The school has long offered a “second chance” to teens who have dropped out or been kicked out of traditional schools. Many of these teens are at risk of joining criminal gangs, and the Friends School offers…

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Continuing Education at Friends Theological College

On March 16 and 17, 2015, Eloise Hockett from George Fox University led the faculty of Friends Theological College in a continuing education seminar focused on critical thinking skills.  

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Academic Dean Named

Ramallah Friends School Board of Trustees and Friends United Meeting have appointed Ms. Nancy Sanderson Swartz to serve as the Academic Dean. As an experienced International Baccalaureate (IB) educator, Nancy brings a wealth of diverse experiences in educational leadership. She has developed IB education for the past decade and has been an educator for 28 years. Nancy has served as…

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Trees: A Testimony of Community

by Susann Cronau Pink flowers erupted from a tree in our backyard this spring for the first time since we moved to Meadowood Drive. What a surprise, and what a joy! Our new tree, a Crab Apple, is a welcome addition to our small, but busy yard. Trees are often evoked in Scripture. From the very beginning of Genesis, God…

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Micah Bales

Burning Brighter Together

Building Community for Mutual Encouragement by Micah Bales Scripture: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. — Acts 1:8 A flick of the wrist pulls the match across the abrasive side of the box. It catches fire….

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